Guard Keron DeShields
Nov. 1, 2012
Kareem Jamar and Mathias Ward combined for 46 points as The University of Montana Grizzlies defeated the Lewis-Clark State Warriors 86-68 in an exhibition game at UM's Dahlberg Arena Thursday evening.
Jamar, a 6-5 junior guard-forward from Venice, Calif., and a returning starter, scored 19 points in the second half to help the Grizzlies cruise to the victory. He was 10-of-17 from the field and made 4-of-7 three-pointers.
Ward, a 6-7 senior forward from Gig Harbor, Wash., and also a returning starter, tallied 16 points in the first half, and was a big reason that Montana led 42-31 at intermission. For the game, Ward made 7-of-9 shots from the field, 2-of-3 three-pointers, and was 4-of-6 from the line.
The Warriors, from Lewiston, Idaho and an N.A.I.A. member of the Frontier Conference, played head-to-head against the Grizzlies for almost the first 30 minutes of the game.
LCSC cut Montana's lead to single digits with 10:40 left to play when freshman guard Trey Sobotta nailed a three-point shot, making the score 60-52, Grizzlies. But, Jamar canned a jumper on UM's next possession to give his team a 62-52 advantage, and the Grizzlies led by double digits the rest of the way.
The visiting team played well in the opening half, and took an 18-17 lead with 10:40 to go on a pair of free throws by senior forward Nick Fromm. The score was tied six times in the first half, but when Ward scored on a lay-up at the 5:04 mark of the first half, the Griz took a 28-26 lead and led the rest of the way.
Also in double figures for the Grizzlies was sophomore guard Keron DeShields, who had 10 points and 5 assists in his first career start, while junior center Eric Hutchison added 9 points. Jamar led Montana with 6 rebounds, while DeShields and sophomore forward Kevin Henderson grabbed 5 boards each.
Fromm and senior forward P.J. Bolte led the Warriors with 16 points each, and Fromm pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. Fromm scored 12 points in the first half.
LCSC out-rebounded UM 37-32, but the Griz had just 7 turnovers, compared to the Warriors' 14.
Montana opens the season next Friday, Nov. 9 at Colorado State in a 7:00 p.m. game. It will also be the season opener for the Rams, who return three starters from a 20-11 team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season.
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